Context

In sub-Saharan Africa the two main causes of blindness are glaucoma and cataracts, but sight loss can be avoided with treatment for both conditions. However, there is a shortage of medics qualified to operate on these problems in the region. Training would improve surgical results and limit postoperative complications to avoid permanent blindness.

 

Supported project

This project is part of a three-year initiative being run by the NGO CBM UK that aims to set up a training centre and teach surgeons across sub-Saharan Africa. The L'OCCITANE Foundation and L'OCCITANE South Africa have committed to supporting eight surgeons through training for two years. Simulators are used for medical and surgical teaching, meaning skills can be acquired quickly and safely. Eight ophthalmology registrars in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Zimbabwe are being trained with this simulator in modern cataract and glaucoma surgery techniques. Once trained, these ophthalmology registrars will be able to teach the techniques to others in their own university hospitals.
 

Some figures

In 2019, over 1,000 patients will have access to high-quality surgery services thanks to this training. The operations will mean 960 patients with cataracts can see clearly again and 80 patients with glaucoma can keep their sight.

Budget 2019 20 000 euros

History

Project supported since 2018

Total budget 40 000 euros

Total goal 7 360 beneficiaries

This project is part of a three-year initiative to establish a training centre and train surgeons across sub-Saharan Africa. The L'OCCITANE Foundation and L'OCCITANE South Africa have committed to support the training of 8 surgeons over a period of 2 years.